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Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician

CIP Code 47.0604

Automotive service technicians inspect, maintain, and repair automobiles and light trucks that run on gasoline, electricity, or alternative fuels. Responsibilities of automotive service technicians and mechanics have evolved from simple mechanical repairs to high level technology related work. The increasing sophistication of automobiles requires workers who are able to use computerized shop equipment and work with electronic components while maintaining their skills with traditional hand tools. As a result, automotive service workers are usually called technicians rather than mechanics.

Integrated electronic systems and complex computers regulate vehicles and their performance while on the road. Technicians must have an increasingly broad knowledge of the complexity of components within the vehicles. They also must be able to work with electronic diagnostic equipment, digital manuals and reference materials. While most automotive service technicians work a standard 40 hour week, some may work longer hours.

Service technicians use a variety of tools in their work. Employers furnish expensive power tools, engine analyzers, and other diagnostic equipment. Computers are also commonplace in modern repair shops. Through the internet or software packages, most shops receive automatic updates to technical manuals and access to manufacturers’ service information, technical service bulletins, and other databases that allow technicians to stay current with industry standards.

Most employers regard the successful completion of a training program in automotive service technology as the best preparation for trainee positions. Graduates of these programs may need further training to become qualified. Some high school programs participate in Automotive Youth Education Service (AYES), a partnership between high school automotive repair programs, automotive manufacturers, and franchised automotive dealers. All AYES high school programs are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Students who complete these programs are well prepared to enter entry level technician positions or to advance their technical education. Courses in automotive repair, electronics, physics, chemistry, English, computers, and mathematics provide a good educational background for a career as a service technician. Postsecondary automotive technician training programs usually provide intensive career preparation through a combination of classroom instruction and hands on practice. Community college programs usually award a certificate or an associate degree. Acquiring National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification is important for those seeking work in large, urban areas.

The ability to diagnose the source of a problem quickly and accurately requires good reasoning ability and a thorough knowledge of automobiles. Many technicians consider diagnosing difficult problems as one of their most challenging and satisfying duties. For trainee automotive service technician jobs, employers look for people with strong communication and analytical skills. Technicians need reading, mathematics, and computer skills to study technical manuals. They must also study to keep up with new technology and learn new service and repair procedures and specifications.

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Approved Secondary School Partners​

A.W. Beattie Career CenterAllison Park2009-2010
Admiral Peary AVTSEbensburg2010-2011
Beaver County CTCMonaca2010-2011
Bedford County Technical CenterEverett2011-2012
Berks CTC - East CampusOley2010-2011
Berks CTC - West CampusLeesport2010-2011
Bethlehem AVTSBethlehem2011-2012
Bradford Area HSBradford2010-2011
Brashear HSPittsburgh2009-2010
Bucks County Technical High SchoolFairless Hills2010-2011
Butler County AVTSButler2010-2011
Carbon Career & Technical InstituteJim Thorpe2011-2012
Career Institute of TechnologyEaston2009-2010
Carlisle Area HSCarlisle2010-2011
Central Career and Technical SchoolErie2010-2011
Central Montco Technical High SchoolPlymouth Meeting2010-2011
Central PA Institute of Science & TechnologyPleasant Gap2009-2010
Central Westmoreland CTCNew Stanton2010-2011
Chester County Technical College HS- Pennocks BridgeWest Grove2010-2011
Chester County Technical College HS-BrandywineDowningtown2010-2011
Chester County Technical College HS-PickeringPhoenixville2010-2011
Chester Upland SD - Chester HSChester2010-2011
Clarion County Career CenterShippenville2010-2011
Clearfield County CTCClearfield2011-2012
Columbia-Montour AVTSBloomsburg2011-2012
Connellsville Area CTCConnellsville2011-2012
Corry Area HSCorry2010-2011
Crawford County CTCMeadville2011-2012
CTC of Lackawanna CountyScranton2011-2012
Cumberland-Perry AVTSMechanicsburg2010-2011
Dauphin County Technical SchoolHarrisburg2010-2011
Delaware Co Technical High School-FolcroftFolcroft2010-2011
Delaware Valley HSMilford2011-2012
Eastern Center for Arts & TechnologyWillow Grove2009-2010
Eastern Westmoreland CTCLatrobe2010-2011
Edison HS/Fareira SkillsPhiladelphia2010-2011
Erie County Technical SchoolErie2010-2011
Fayette County Career & Technical InstituteUniontown2011-2012
Forbes Road CTCMonroeville2009-2010
Franklin County CTCChambersburg2010-2011
George Jr Republic HSGrove City2012-2013
Greater Altoona CTCAltoona2010-2011
Greater Johnstown CTCJohnstown2010-2011
Greater Johnstown SHSJohnstown2010-2011
Greene County CTCWaynesburg2010-2011
Hazleton Area Career CenterHazleton2011-2012
Huntingdon County CTCMill Creek2010-2011
Indiana County Technology CenterIndiana2011-2012
Jefferson County-Dubois AVTSReynoldsville2011-2012
Jersey Shore Area SHSJersey Shore2010-2011
Keystone Central CTCMill Hall2010-2011
Lancaster County CTC-Brownstown CampusBrownstown2010-2011
Lancaster County CTC-Mt Joy CampusMount Joy2010-2011
Lancaster County CTC-Willow St CampusWillow Street2010-2011
Lawrence County CTCNew Castle2011-2012
Lebanon County CTCLebanon2010-2011
Lehigh Career & Technical InstituteSchnecksville2010-2011
Lenape TechFord City2011-2012
Lycoming CTCHughesville2011-2012
Mastbaum Jules E AVTSPhiladelphia2010-2011
Mercer County Career CenterMercer2011-2012
Middle Bucks Institute of TechnologyJamison2010-2011
Mifflin Co Academy of Science & TechnologyLewistown2014-2015
Mifflin-Juniata CTCLewistown2011-2012
Milton HSMilton2012-2013
Mon Valley CTCCharleroi2010-2011
Monroe Career & Technical InstituteBartonsville2011-2012
North Montco Technical Career CenterLansdale2009-2010
Northern Bedford County MS/SHSLoysburg2012-2013
Northern Tier Career CenterTowanda2011-2012
Northern Westmoreland CTCNew Kensington2010-2011
Northumberland County CTCCoal Township2010-2011
Parkway West CTCOakdale2009-2010
Pottstown SHSPottstown2012-2013
Randolph, A. Philip AVT HSPhiladelphia2010-2011
Reading Muhlenberg CTCReading2010-2011
Schuylkill Technology Centers - NorthFrackville2010-2011
Seneca Highlands AVTSPort Allegany2011-2012
Somerset County Technology CenterSomerset2011-2012
State College Area HSState College2012-2013
Steel Center AVTSJefferson Hills2009-2010
SUN Area Technical InstituteNew Berlin2009-2010
Susquehanna County CTCDimock2010-2011
Swenson Arts & Technology HSPhiladelphia2010-2011
The Workshop SchoolPhiladelphia2013-2014
Tunkhannock HSTunkhannock2012-2013
Universal Audenried Charter SchoolPhiladelphia2016-2017
Upper Bucks County AVTSPerkasie2011-2012
Venango Technology CenterOil City2010-2011
Wallenpaupack Area HSHawley2011-2012
Warren County AVTSWarren2010-2011
West Side CTCKingston2011-2012
Western Area CTCCanonsburg2010-2011
Western Montgomery CTCLimerick2010-2011
Wilkes-Barre CTCWilkes-Barre2009-2010
Williamsport Area SHSWilliamsport2009-2010
York County School of TechnologyYork2010-2011